We're so proud of this year's UW-REN team! So great that their work is showcased on the homepage of the UWBothell website. Congrats!
Read the article: http://www.uwb.edu/news/april-2018/north-creek-forest
By Zachary Nelson
For the past year, five University of Washington students have teamed together to bring a slice of forest back to life as part of a capstone project. The students — three from UW Bothell and two from Seattle — helped transform a half-acre of North Creek Forest from a neglected eyesore to a haven teeming with life.
When the team began, the site was completely overrun by invasive species, including blackberry bushes up to 10 feet tall. “It took 21 hours and about 25 volunteers just to cut out the site so we could find our boundaries,” said Mahleah Grant, an environmental studies major. “The cool and surprising part was that people were lining up to help us do hard physical labor.”
After clearing the site, the team brought in plants that would create a favorable habitat. Before long, the once poor ecosystem became more livable for native plants and animals. “When we first got to the site, there was no life in the dirt and no animals to be seen,” said Johnathon Rutledge, environmental studies major. “Now, birds nest in the area. Worms wiggle in the dirt. There are bunnies hopping around, and native fungal activity is returning.”
For many years, the outlook for the forest wasn’t hopeful. “It used to all be private land that suffered ecological neglect in some places,” said Warren Gold, associate professor in UW Bothell’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and director of the UW Restoration Ecology Network. “About 10 years ago, we started raising money with Friends of North Creek Forest (FNCF) to buy and restore the land and make it public.”
The forest is now fully owned by the city of Bothell. A master plan process is now underway that will eventually allow public access.
The restoration effort, now in its seventh year, provides capstone projects for teams of students from all three UW campuses. They act as project managers on their designated parcel of land, doing research on environmental problems, forging solutions with community partners and local governments, and implementing those solutions with local community members.
Each parcel continues to receive attention and upkeep from volunteers. “One of the challenges of this project is that we have to make sure the site is maintained after we leave,” said Candice Magbag, an environmental science major. “This means working with community members to set up a network of reliable volunteers. For our site, we are lucky to work with both the City of Bothell and FNCF. The latter will care for the site after we graduate, along with the wonderful community of volunteers.”
The students all agreed this was a standout moment in their academic career, not only for the experience but also for the friends and connections they made.
More student teams are needed continue restoring ecological health to North Creek Forest. “For anybody who is thinking of taking this project on, you won’t regret it,” said Rutledge. “When else in school will you get credit for working outside doing what you love to do and making a real long term difference in the local community?”
Friends of North Creek Forest is once again registered with the annual giveBIG Seattle campaign! You can schedule your May 9 donation as soon as April 26 at:
Thanks to the generosity of FNCF donors - matching funds are available for your GiveBIG gift.
Donations are tax deductible.
Your donation supports programs that honor relationships with nature, build a healthy forest preserve, and develop a resilient community that can respond and adapt to our changing climate and world.
Thank you for giving BIG to the North Creek Forest!!
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Join us Tuesday, May 8 between 5 pm - 11 pm at Tavern on the Square located at McMenamins Anderson School for a drink, a snack or a full meal and 50% of your bill will be donated to Friends of North Creek Forest!
DIRECT RESERVATIONS with McMenamins are highly recommended: by phone: (425) 398-0122 or online via Open Table.
Proceeds from this event will fund programs benefiting the North Creek Forest and the community! K-12 school field trips, university research projects, forest restoration volunteer work parties and more!
Friends of North Creek Forest Board members and UW-REN team will be available to answer your questions and explain why the North Creek Forest is such an extraordinary feature in our growing city.
Be sure to check out the Silent Auction items! Auction @ 6 - 8:30 pm
Living Tributes will be available to order - a lovely gesture for a graduate, a birthday, Mother's or Father's Day. Choose a native species to be planted in the NC Forest to honor a special occasion, individual or group. McMenamins_sun and moon 12square
Thanks to McMenamins Anderson School for their awesome support!
More info: Friends & Family Night!
How many signs of Spring will YOU see at the volunteer work party on Sat, April 7?
Join the UW-REN team for restoration tasks between 10 am - 1 pm.
Mark your calendar to hear from Dr. David Bain - FNCF Founding Board member and advocate extraordinaire - about the importance of Bothell's own North Creek Forest!
Thur, April 12 @ 10 :15 am.
Thur, April 26 @ 10:15 am. (killer whale lecture)
Both lectures FREE to attend and held at the Northshore Senior Center.
Text of Bothell Reporter article:
In November 2016 the City of Bothell finished its purchase of the final 22 acres to complete the North Creek Forest.
This 64 acre mature site includes seven streams and nine wetlands. It is one of the last coniferous forests in the Bothell area. Five fish species—chum, coho, sockeye, chinook, and steelhead—spawn in North Creek. And the Forest is home t a wide range of wildlife including black-tailed deer, mountain beaver, several specials of owl, hawks, and pacific tree frogs.
On April 12 at 10:15 a.m., Dr. David Bain, a founding member of Friends of North Creek Forest will speak at Northshore Senior Center about the Forest’s importance to our environment. His organization is involved in maintaining and improving the ecology of the Forest and educating children in these practices.
Dr. Bain will give another presentation on April 26 at 10:15 a.m., also at Northshore Senior Center. His topic will be on Killer Whales. As a whale researcher for 39 years, Dr. Bain is a leading authority on this threatened species.
Both talks are free and open to all.
Northshore Senior Center is located 10201 E Riverside Drive in Bothell. For more information call 425-487-2441.